Let’s Get Real about Leaving Family Behind While Living Abroad


“And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

 

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Update:2019

My husband and I left Nicaragua in July 2018 with no desire to return until the government’s political violence, oppression, and human right’s violations of the Nicaraguan people are ended. That may take years. So, this post I wrote several years ago, is still relevant today because it is like leaving family behind. I am heartbroken for my Nicaraguan friends and adopted families who are unable to escape Nicaragua and are heavily repressed.

We were fortunate to have a back-up plan and resources to leave the country, yet our Nicaraguan friends don’t have the resources or the choices we had. Instead, we continue to support them through these tormenting times with financial support.

Please check back soon as I am writing a post as to how you can help by providing donations to reputable NGOs in Nicaragua to help the Nicaraguan people who are left behind and suffering.

And back to my post….

These are my mother’s hands as she grasps her suitcase not understanding where she is going or where she has been. My mother passed away last week after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. That my mother should be my beloved teacher in the art of living a full life, comes as no surprise. She was the first person to tell me, “Go! Live a full life without any regrets. My love will be with you wherever your travels take you.” And, her love continues to be within me, now and forever.

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